Establishing a Learning Community: The Educational Leadership (EDLE) Online Orientation Program

Concurrent Session 7

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Brief Abstract

The Education Leadership (EDLE) online orientation demonstrates effective design of an online learning community to support new cohort students. Participants learn program expectations, prepare to utilize relevant technology, including Blackboard features and communication tools such as discussion boards, surveys, journals, and a video recording tool, as well as engage in various community-building activities.

Presenters

Anne-Marie Balzano is an associate professor in the Education Leadership program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She teaches courses about developing and evaluating curriculum, leading school and communities, and using research to lead school improvement. She began her career in education as a middle school language arts teacher and a secondary school administrator.
Ying-Ying Kuo has worked as an instructional designer since 2003. In her work, she highlights the importance of integrating technology to support pedagogy and learning outcomes. Her designs promise efficient and effective online teaching and learning as well as course management. Her biggest reward comes from instructors and students who become proficient in teaching and learning in the digital world.

Extended Abstract

The Education Leadership (EDLE) online orientation demonstrates effective design of an online learning community to support new cohort students. Participants learn program expectations, prepare to utilize relevant technology, including Blackboard (a learning management system) features and communication tools such as discussion boards, surveys, journals, and a video recording tool (KalturaCapture Space), as well as engage in various community-building activities. The design of the online orientation program encourages students to interact with each other, their professors, and their advisor in a learning community. The community activities effectively prepare students to enhance their technology skills and provide an informal but positive learning environment in which to interact with their fellow cohort members. As a result of participating in the orientation, students report feeling better prepared for their online learning journey.